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Rural Tales, Ballads and Songs Bound with - Robert Bloomfield - 1802. 
London.: Vernor and Hood., 1802. 1st Edition . Fine Binding . Near Fine/Not applicable. 8vo - over 7Â¾ - 9Â¾" tall. Charlton Nesbit. A 1st edition with portrait frontis of the author after Edridge. + 11 woodcut vignette plates by Charlton Nesbit a pupil of Thomas Bewick. ix pages of preface and the poem "Peace" + 119 pages.Bound with a 3rd edition of "The Farmer's Boy" with separate pagination comprising xxxii pages of autobiography and preface with a single page poem to the author dated August 1800 + 128 pages. A full page woodcut engraved frontispiece and 9 vignette woodcuts as both miniature headpieces and full page scenes of each season. These I believe to be by Bewick. Bound in a contemporary full tree calf with full coloured morocco spine with gilt titles and motifs, gilt ruled borders. marbled endpapers. Measures: 6.5 inches x 4 inches. (Bound as an octavo Despite insisting on cataloguing books by SIZE and NOT folds). Bookplate of Horace F Allen to recto of front endpaper and old catalogue strip of another copy described pasted in to the front also. Contents almost fine on hand-made paper. *A beautiful copy of this once acclaimed poem and a RARE 1st edition. With a 3rd edition of The Farmer's Boy. This was the work he is remembered for and it made his fame, and brief fortune rapidly, selling over 28,000 copies in 3 years, even his own copy was only a 5th edition. This his 2nd work includes the 3rd edition of that first romantic poem making two works in one. The Farmer's Boy was composed and created all from memory. Whilst living in Bell Alley, London. He memorised the poem The Farmer's Boy in its entirety before purchasing paper to write it out as this was a greater expense than could be afforded on a whim. None of his other works fared as well and despite the acclaim and praise he died penniless and neglected in 1823. Melodic and unforced romantic poetry.
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